More Canadian Visitors A Highlight For Cuba’s 2019 Year In Tourism

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Canadian visitors to Cuba were a major bright spot in a difficult 2019 for the destination, during which tougher travel restrictions imposed by the Trump regime caused a sharp reduction in U.S. visitors.

The Cuba Tourist Board has announced that 1,112,144 Canadians visited Cuba in 2019, surpassing the 2018 total.

“2019 was an exciting year for Cuba with the Havana 500 celebrations, and the heightened excitement and energy still continues,” said Lessner Gomez, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board.  “We look forward to welcoming even more of our Canadian friends to Cuba in 2020 and to share Cuba’s unique spirit and soul as well as celebrating 61st Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.”

Gomez says the strong 2019 Canadian travel numbers are a result of the opening of brand-new luxury hotels in a number of destinations on the island and investments in the refurbishment of many properties.  ‘Cuba plans to continue the development and expansion with a lot of exciting announcements to come in 2020,” he adds.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.